Habib Bank Plaza

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Coordinates: 24°50′59″N 67°00′20″E / 24.84972°N 67.00556°E / 24.84972; 67.00556

Habib Bank Plaza
حبیب بینک پلازا
Habib Bank Sadar.jpg
Habib Bank Plaza
General information
LocationKarachi, Pakistan
AddressI. I. Chundrigar Road,
Serai Quarter
Construction started1963
Completed1971 [1]
OwnerHabib Bank Ltd (49%), AKFED (51%)
Roof101 m (331 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count22[3]
Design and construction
ArchitectLeo A. Daly

Habib Bank Plaza (Urdu: حبیب بینک پلازا), also known as HBL Plaza, located on I. I. Chundrigar Road in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan,[4] is the head office of Habib Bank. It was the tallest building in Asia, a title that hasn't been held by any other building in South Asia, and one of only three to hold the title outside of East and Southeast Asia, while still under construction between 1963 and 1968. It was also the tallest building in South Asia until 1972, being surpassed by the Express Towers.[5] It remained the tallest building in Pakistan for four decades until the 29 floor and 116m tall MCB Tower was built.[6][7]

HBL Plaza was inaugurated to mark the 25th anniversary of the bank.[8] The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has regularly used the building over the years to call the meeting for moon sighting.[9][10]


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  1. ^ "Habib Bank Limited History". Habib Bank Limited. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  2. ^ Baruah, Amit (July 5, 2014). "Express Towers changes hands". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Karachi Skyscraper Diagram - SkyscraperPage.com". skyscraperpage.com.
  4. ^ Google maps. "Address of Habib Bank Plaza". Google maps. Retrieved 23 September 2013. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ "Express Towers changes hands". The Hindu. July 5, 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-21. Retrieved 2010-12-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.uet.edu.pk/export/sites/UETWebPortal/research/researchinfo/journal/volume1/artcle10.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ Asghar, Naveed (2018-05-09). "HBL: enabling dreams". Aurora Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  9. ^ "Moon sighted". Dawn newspaper. Associated Press of Pakistan. May 29, 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Moon sighting". Dawn newspaper. Associated Press of Pakistan. Sep 24, 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2017.

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